Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CM urges govt employees to wait for 7th pay commission

DEHRADUN: Chief minister Harish Rawat on Thursday urged over 500 odd state government employees not to make any further demand for hike in their salaries till the upcoming seventh pay commission's recommendations come into force.

The plea came days after the state government agreed to pay serving policemen's arrears of their salaries with effect from 2006, as per the sixth pay commission' recommendations, to the tune of Rs 110 crore.

"The state government is passing through a critical phase of financial crisis owing to the Centre's inability to continue funding eight major tourism-related central plans and change in funding pattern from 90:10 to 50:50 in most other central schemes, including MNREGA, multi-sect oral development programme for minorities, National Programme for Persons with Disabilities (NPPD), Backward Regions Grants Funds (BRGF) and National e-governance Plan(NEGP). Under the circumstances, we are left with no option but to wait till the seventh pay commission's recommendations are implemented," said Rawat.

Addressing a meeting of association for supervisors, field workers and women Aganwadi workers serving under centrally-sponsored Integrated Child Development Services Scheme(ICDS), at his Dehradun Cantonment residence, Rawat said the state government will have to arrange an additional amount of Rs 1200 crore from new income-generation resources like cluster farming, medicinal herbs farming and apple farming, to pay state government employee's salaries during next financial year from April 2016 to 2017.


MACP anomalies meeting held between the Railway Board (Executive Directors) and the Federations-NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

Dated: 12/10/2015
No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 9

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: MACP anomalies meeting held between the Railway Board (Executive Directors) and the Federations-reg.

The position relating to discussions held between the Railway Board (EDS) and the Federations at Rail Bhavan on 12th October 2015 is briefly placed below:-

1. Financial up-gradation under MACPS to the directly recruited Gradate Engineers Considering entry Grade Pay as Rs. 4600/- for the purpose of MACP to all the directly recruited Engineering Graduates in Design/Drawing Cadre and other Cadres. (NFIR’s PNM item No. 18/2011)

After discussion the Official Side stated that they will collect position relating to Graduate Engineers recruited in Pay Scale of Rs. 5500-9000 who were deprived of MACP benefit while those recruited later on and got Pay Scale of Rs. 6500-10500 through LDCE against 20% DR Quota for further View.

2. Third financial up-gradation under MACPS on completion of 20 years of service from the first promotion or 10 years after second promotion or 30 years after regular appointment - Whichever is earlier?
7. Grant of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff who are in the same Grade Pay for more than 20 years. (NFIR’s PNM Item No. 1/2011).

It was agreed to re-consider and discuss with the Federations before making out conclusion on these issues.

3. Grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme in the promotional hierarchy (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) - as per judgment of various Courts.

Federation explained that the Grade Pay Rs. 2000 is not existing in the Railways and invited attention of Railway Board to the minutes of the Joint Committee meeting held at the level of DoP&T for review. It was agreed to take action accordingly.

4. MACPS benefits to railway employees - cases of employees joining another unit/organization on request.

It was agreed to review and re-iterate DoP&T O.M. as it is.

5. Provision of all benefits on financial upgrading under MACPS - including entitlements for travel & treatment in hospital etc.

Discussed. Official Side stated that the MACP benefits have already been extended as per DoP&T guidelines.

6. Non-grant cf benefit of financial up-gradation under MACPS to the staff on North Western Railway.

Particulars of individual employees will be obtained from N.W. Railway for considering the case. NFIR invited Board’s attention to its letter dated 13/01/2014.

8. Abolition of Pay Scale and Introduction of up-graded Pay Scale with revised designation -Senior Section Engineers (Drawing) - Clarification on entry Grade Pay.

Case of Diploma Holder Tracers appointed against DR Quota vacancies as per Board’s orders (pursuant to DC/J CM decision) will be considered positively.

9. Non-grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme to the Stock Verifiers working in Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Agreed to consider.

10. Grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme - Wrongful clarification issued by the Railway Board.

NFIR quoted the case of Pharmacists, Guards besides Sr. Clerks joined against Graduate Quota having cleared RRB Examination. It was also contended that the LDCE being part of DR Quota, all such promotions are to be ignored for the purpose of MACP. It was agreed to consider.

11. Wrong implementation of MACP Scheme in IT Cadre/Granting of financial benefit under MACP Scheme to EDP Staff.

Will be examined.

Yours fraternally,

(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

Monday, October 12, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission likely to propose highest pay hike since 1947

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to propose pay hike for central government employees, which will be highest since first pay commission’s proposal in 1947.

The first pay commission was constituted in 1946, while its submitted its report on May, 1947 to the interim government of India. ‘Living wage’ — the guiding principle for the first Pay Commission — is long past.

‘Now is Seventh Pay Commission time’, which is also to take in to account living cost of central government employees cost of their appraisal.

The cost of living measures the annual cost of necessities for one adult to live a secure, yet modest, lifestyle by estimating the costs of housing, food, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes.

Every government employee likely has a six-member family including his parents. So, Seventh Pay Commission is likely to increase salaries and allowances to minimise the impact on the cost of living for 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners including dependents.

Inflation pushes living cost, inflation, is an economic concept. The effect of inflation is the prices of everything going up year by year. A central government employee got salary Rs 3000 in 1987 under Sixth pay commission, now he gets Rs 80,000 with two promotion, this is called inflation, the price of everything goes up. When the price goes up, the salaries go up.

Every successive Pay Commission has roughly tripled pay. This means that simply by hiking up living cost for 10 years, a government employee would have tripled his pay.

The first pay commission was recommended Rs 55 salary to the lowest earning employee, second Rs 80, third Rs 185, fourth Rs 750, fifth Rs 2550 and sixth Rs 6660.

Accordingly, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to propose minimum basic salary Rs 20,000 of central government employees, sources in the pay panel said.

The main reason behind the proposal of Seventh Pay Commission is to hike highest pay since 1947 on the account of Dearness Allowance (DA). The central government employees will get Dearness Allowance likely 125 percent at the time implementation of Seventh pay Commission. They never got such type of Dearness Allowance hike before implementation of any Pay Commission.

Dearness Allowance always merges with salaries and allowances under every pay commission’s proposal.

“The Seventh Pay Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon,” according to sources.

Headed by Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, the Seventh Pay Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel’s recommendations after some modifications. The first pay commission was constituted in 1946, second in 1957, third in 1970, fourth in 1983, fifth in 1994, sixth in 2006 and seventh in 2014.

As part of the exercise, the Seventh Pay Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.


Payment of Productivity Liked Bonus to the Railway employees – removal of calculation ceiling-NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110 005

No.I/10/Part IV
Dated 10-10-2015

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Payment of Productivity Liked Bonus to the Railway employees – removal of calculation ceiling – reg.

Attention of affiliated Unions is invited to NFIR’s letter of even number dated 05-10-2015, on the subject, addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Ministry, duly endorsing copy to Finance Minister, Railway Minister and the Minister for Labour & Employment requesting revision of calculation ceiling from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 as committed by the Government.

In this connection, it is to convey further that the Ministry of Labour & Employment has since processed for upward revision of calculation ceiling limit from Rs.3500 to 7000. The Union Cabinet may take decision for amending Bonus Act in course of time and in any case some development may take place after 06th November 2015 (after Bihar state Elections).

The affiliates may convey to the workers on the above position and also contents of GS/NFIR letter dated 5th October 2015 to the Prime Minister of India may be apprised.

yours fraternally,

General Secretary

Enhancement of the ceiling of bonus 2015-NC JCM

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001

Dated: October 9, 2015

All Constituent Organizations of
National Council(JCM)(Staff Side)

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Enhancement of the ceiling of bonus

Ministry of Labour(Government of India) has sent a proposal to the Cabinet for enhancement of ceiling of bonus from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 with a cap of maximum payment of Rs.20,000.

Though the Election Commissioner has cleared it, but it has not been included in the Cabinet Agenda for the reasons best known to government, but we are hopeful that, it may be finalized after Bihar elections.

With fraternal greetings!

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/2015/enhancement-of-the-ceiling-of-bonus-is-expected/
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